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Ida Charts Path of Destruction Through Louisiana, Leaving Low-lying Towns Stranded

Ida, one of the strongest hurricanes to ever hit the U.S. Gulf of Mexico coast, cut power to more than one million homes in Louisiana on Monday and triggered rescue operations in flooded communities around from New Orleans as the weakening storm moved north. Ida made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane on Sunday, 16 years to the day after Hurricane Katrina, evoking memories of a disaster that killed more than 1,800 people in 2005 and devastated New Orleans. In late Monday afternoon, after dumping a deluge of rain in Louisiana and killing at least two people, Ida was downgraded to a tropical depression as her eye crawled across neighboring Mississippi.

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